THERE ARE SEVEN KINGS ...

November 20, 2012
By: SR Shearer

VERY IMPORTANT

"There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:10-11)


PREFACE

It is not without some unease and apprehension that we present to you the following material – material that can only be described as TENTATIVE and SPECULATIVE.

We have assumed this peril to our reputation because of what appears to us to be this material's considerable prescience regarding the "end of the age," especially as it is connected to the acute hostility and enmity that has developed between the evangelical community (on the one hand) and the followers of Barack Obama (on the other hand) – a seething resentment founded to a large extent on the belief by many evangelicals that the election of 2012 was stolen from them by Obama and his surrogates. [We URGE you, if you have not already done so, to read our article, "The Election Was Stolen - at Least According to Evangelicals."]

Evangelicals incensed by the "stolen" election of 2012

Obama moves against the generals and the CIA by disgracing Petraeus and forcing him out of the CIA & military command structures.

The tension has been made all the worse by BENGHAZIGATE – an incident that has brought to a BOIL the conflict between Obama and his followers (again, on the one hand) and the CIA and the military (on the other hand). [We URGE you, again, if you have not already done so, to read our article, "Obama Draws First Blood in His War against the CIA and the Generals."]

The material we are presenting to you is connected to a very mysterious lyric in the Prophetic Scriptures. We submit it here more as "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" than anything else. The lyric is found in Revelation 17:10-11:

"There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:10-11)

Anderson: first head of Scotland Yard

It is a lyric, the meaning of which I have struggled with for almost forty years, beginning first while I served as an intelligence officer in Vietnam; during the many years since then, I have "accepted" and then "rejected" more than ten different solutions to the lyric – all of which failed to materialize and/or just didn't add up.

The lyric has to do with the "personhood" of the antiChrist, and I cannot help but believe the lyric is presented in the Scriptures more as a kind of "Heads up – Here Comes the antiChrist" than anything else. [Please see our article, "Deception: He Is Near, at the Door ... Here Comes the AntiChrist."]

Indeed, Sir Robert Anderson warns in his book, The Coming Prince, that the only definitive way in which the identification of the antiChrist can truly be established is by bearing in mind that he - i.e., the antiChrist – will be that one specific leader of Babylon (i.e., the United States) who will "cause to prevail" a FORMAL defense pact between Israel and the United States; a defense pact that the Lord calls –

"... your [Israel's] COVENANT WITH DEATH ... and your [Israel's] AGREEMENT WITH HELL." (Isa. 21:18) [Please see Part 1 of Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The First Sixty-nine Weeks of Daniel."]

Nonetheless, THERE IT IS: this mysterious lyric in Revelation 17:10-11; and we would be remiss not to consider its meaning as the "end of days" draws near - especially in light of the fact that events not only in the United States, but in Europe and the Middle East as well, are now PREGNANT with tension in relation to the "end of the age" – tension that simply cannot be contained for much longer.

Do what you will with the information.

-- Antipas

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INTRODUCTION

It is not without reason that in a recent article, "Prophecy Comes Full Circle," we emphasized the importance of what happened on 19 March, 2003 when "Babylon on the Hudson" (America) seized control of the precincts of ancient Babylon ("Babylon on the Euphrates") and in doing so united in itself the dreadful prophecies of the Old Testament with the equally dreadful prophecies of the New Testament. [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1; please also see "Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]

In achieving this victory, the American military awakened a powerful prophetic imperative that has lain dormant for some 2,000 years – initiating in the process a frightening course of prophetic events; one that gives evidence as to just how close mankind is to "THE END." We discover this imperative in a puzzling lyric in the seventeenth chapter of the Book of Revelation:

"There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:10-11)

CASCADE OF PROPHETIC EVENTS
THAT ANTIPAS HAS ANTICIPATED
Examining point #11
  1. The mortgage meltdown.
  2. The derivatives crisis.
  3. The division of the world's population into a tiny, very wealthy financial elite and the rest of mankind, most of whom have been (are being) reduced to a state of abject poverty.
  4. The development of a CHRISTIAN (so-called) super-state.
  5. The emergence of an antiChrist figure who will be very UNLIKE what most Christians expect.
  6. An antiChrist figure who will seemingly champion the interests of the nation of Israel.
  7. The convergence of Christianity's many different fac-tions into a vast POLITICAL movement based not on any legitimate form of Christianity, but on HATE.
  8. The emergence of an extremely radical form of Islam that will challenge the interests of the United States in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and that will threaten the existence of the Jewish state in the Middle East.
  9. The probable break-up of the European Union.
  10. An attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities that will precipitate the final Islamic radicalization of the Middle East.
  11. Some kind of mind-numbing event that will lead to a dictatorial takeover of the United States by the Religious-Right in conjunction with America's financial elites and supported by the American military - an event that will precipitate the OVERT imposition of police-state controls on the American population.
    • Massive earthquakes
    • A worldwide financial collapse
    • The breakup of the EU (#9 above)
    • An Israeli airstrike on Iran precipitating the fi-nal radicalization of the Middle East (#10 above)
    • Etc.
  12. The absorption of the great MASS of Christians into the APOSTATE church, which is precisely what happened to Christians in Hitler's Germany.
  13. The signing of a FORMAL defense pact between Israel and the United States; this event will commence the Tribulation Period.

[Please see our article, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]

CIPHERS, RIDDLES
AND PUZZLES

DECODING CIPHERS -
THE GERMAN ENIGMA MACHINE

Parables are puzzles - ciphers. They must be decoded. But in decoding a cipher, we must stay within the bounds of Scripture and reason. Parables are never unreasonable. They do not demand illogical conclusions.

Very obviously, the Bible is presenting us here with a puzzle – a riddle that is meant to obscure its meaning to those against whom its message is directed; from governments, peoples, and organizations - and most especially, from the false religious leaders of today's apostate church, who, if they truly knew what had been written, would destroy the Scriptures if they could. [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]

As it is written:

"Therefore I [Jesus] speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear nor do they understand.

"And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive ...' " (Matthew 13: 13-14)

And just how enigmatic this particular riddle is, is attested to by the way the Bible introduces us to it:

"Here is something for the mind which hath wisdom." (Revelation 17:9)

BUT, while the purpose of such puzzles is to obscure the truth from some, at the same time it reveals truth to others. To most people, such biblical ciphers will always remain an enigma; but to those who are called according to His purpose (cf. Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy 1:9), they are puzzles which, with study (2 Tim. 2:15), can be unraveled. The Bible says:

"And the disciples came and said to Him, 'Why do You speak to them in parables'? And He answered and said to them, 'To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted'." (Matthew 13:10-11)





"To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted."

PERSONS OR NATIONS?

Over the years innumerable attempts have been made to decode Revelation 17:10-11; these attempts have been largely centered around the notion that the "seven kings" referenced in the cipher are not persons, but nations (or empires); but a close examination of the lyric itself renders such a conclusion absurd.

F.C. Jennings

NOTE: One of the most noteworthy reasons we can dismiss the belief that the "seven kings" of Revelation 17 are seven different nations is the fact that the eighth king is referred to directly as the antiChrist (cf. Revelation 17:19) – and he, very obviously, is a PERSON, not a nation; to be consistent, then, the "seven kings" that precede the eighth must also be persons.

The reference which links the seven kings as such to seven mountains (Revelation 17: 9) evidences the fact that the "seven kings" issue forth from the same CIVILIZATION (i.e., the Roman – hence, the "seven hills of Rome"). This is precisely the point that the great Bible expositor F.C. Jennings makes regarding Nebuchadnezzar's first dream image (see below).[Please see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]

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THE ROMAN CIVILIZATION OUT FROM
WHICH THE "SEVEN KINGS" EMANATE

Four great world empires [civilizations] of Gentile origin are spoken of by the Prophet Daniel - four and only four! - the ten toes of the image being only the final form of the last great empire - ROME. There is no interruption here in the continuity of the fourth great empire and the imagery used does not picture the death of the fourth empire and its later resurrection - but it speaks of one continuous empire up through time from Christ to the present.

Yet, it is commonly assumed by the layman that Rome collapsed in 476 A.D. - never to rise again. But Roman civilization itself never collapsed and has continued to this day. It is what we today call "Western Civilization" - a term familiar to any college student - and a term which denotes European Civilization; that is to say, that civilization which derives it force and origin from Ancient Rome. Thus, while it is true that the POLITICAL unity of "the one-world that was Rome's" was lost in 476 A.D., the civilization of Rome itself has survived to become the dominant civilization of this planet - directly holding sway over Western Europe and North America and holding limited sway over Central and South America, Africa, and to a lesser extent, even Asia.

In this connection, it is important to note that Western Civilization is to be differentiated from the native civilizations of China, Japan, India, Africa, and Central and South America. These are civilizations of totally different origins and it is these very civilizations that Western Civilization has come to dominate to a greater or lesser degree, directly or indirectly. The science, technology, literature, law, culture, religion, and languages [especially English, and to a lesser extent, Spanish and French] of this great civilization dominate the earth as no prior civilization has ever done, and all this in spite of the fact that there has been no political unity within the confines of this civilization for some 1500 years. The political unity of this great civilization has remained profoundly elusive and ethereal - always just out of reach of those who so ardently sought it - Charlemagne, Louis XIV, Napoleon, and even Hitler. Each failed in his turn. AND THIS IS EXACTLY THE CONDITION OF THINGS PROPHESIED BY DANIEL. Thus, the outline of the history of the Western World is best understood as a civilization which, while having lost its political unity in 476 A.D., has continued as a dynamic, powerful, and culturally unified civilization to this very day.

This is the view of Dwight Pentecost of Dallas Theological Seminary. Pentecost writes:

"It would seem best to view this Roman Empire as a continuous development from its original or initial form at the time of Christ until its final form at the second coming of Christ."

G.N.H. Peters echoes the view of Pentecost:

"It may seem a hard saying, but it is one which the facts fully bear out ... that the one key to the whole subject [of the history of Western Civilization] - without which medieval history is simply an unintelligible chaos - is no other than THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE [in the form of Western Civilization]. As long as people are taught that the Empire came to an end in the year 476, a true understanding of the next one thousand years becomes utterly impossible. No one can understand either the politics or the literature of that whole period unless he constantly bears in mind that in the ideas of the men of those days, the Roman Empire, the Empire of Augustus, Constantine, and Justinian, was not a thing of the past, but a thing of the present."

IN THIS CONNECTION, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CIVILIZATION FINALLY BEQUEATHED BY ANCIENT ROME TO THE WESTERN WORLD WAS NOT THE "PAGAN" ROME OF CICERO, NERO, AND CALIGULA, BUT THE "CHRISTIAN" ROME OF CONSTANTINE - A ROME THAT INCLUDED AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF IT AN APOSTATE FORM OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIGURE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The touchstone to Roman Catholicism was the integration of the Church with the Roman State. This is the antithesis to all that the Church was meant to be - a HEAVENLY reality, not something of the earth, and most especially, not something of GENTILE Rome. The basis of all evangelical theology, on the other hand, is the rejection of Roman Catholicism's synthesis of the Church with the GENTILE State. [We URGE you to see our article, "The Coming Collapse of Europe" for a discussion regarding the relationship between the United States and Europe; please also see APPENDIX 1, "In Search of Babylon."]

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Despite all the hoopla regarding the so-called "withdrawal" of U.S. forces from Iraq, the U.S. continues to maintain a huge mercenary presence in the country controlled by the U.S. embassy, an embassy which is America's largest embassy not only in the area, but in the world - a massive fortress comparable to the ancient Templar fortress at Krak des Chevaliers by which the Templars controlled the Middle East in the early part of the last Millennium.

The Templars of 1,000 years ago and the Templars of today: American soldiers in the Middle East - both equally dedicated to bringing in the Kingdom of God through BRUTAL armed conflict.

US officials, wary of a backlash regarding America's continued entrée to these Iraqi bases, reported that they were merely looking at developing a continued military relationship with the Iraqi Government that will involve long-term "access" to America's old military bases rather than a permanent operational presence. The four bases they are interested in are said to be -

  • the former Saddam International Airport,
  • the Tallil air base near Nasiriyah in the south,
  • the air base known as H-1 in the western desert, and
  • the Bashur airfield in northern Iraq. H-1 is where special forces teams are currently based; it sits strategically on the route of the oil pipeline to Jordan.
Thus, we can without much fear of contradiction dismiss the possibility that these "seven kings" as such refer to seven nations; we are then left with the thought that the riddle is referencing different PERSONS – i.e., seven rulers who appear in succession to one another as world-rulers in the "Latter Days" – AND IN THE "LATTER DAYS" THE ONLY RULERS THAT COUNT ARE U.S. PRESIDENTS, THE "KINGS" OVER MODERN BABYLON. [Again, we URGE you to see APPENDIX 1."]

NOTE: The very reason that we can conclude that these "kings" are persons and not nations is the very reason that we can identify these "kings" as "KINGS OVER BABYLON." Why? – because, according to the Scriptures, that is precisely who the antiChrist is: THE KING OF BABYLON.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SIXTH KING IN ESTABLISHING A "TIMELINE"

It's with all this in mind that we can begin to grasp the importance of 19 March 2003 – the day when the Babylon of the Old Testament was subsumed by the Babylon of the New Testament (i.e., the United States). [Again, please see our article, "Prophecy Comes Full Circle."]

Time-wise, then, it's exactly here - 19 March 2003 - that we must place ourselves regarding the Apostle John's vision – an event that falls under the purview of President George Bush II. The vision of the "seven kings" (cf. Rev. 17:10-11), therefore, must be seen from the perspective of the presidency of Bush II (the sixth king).


BUSH II – THE SIXTH KING

We are left, then, with the following succession:

ALL FIVE OF THESE PRESIDENTS WERE ALIVE ON 19 MARCH 2003, THE DATE WHEN THE U.S. TOOK CONTROL OF ANCIENT BABYLON - LENDING A SURREALISTIC CREDENCE TO THE LYRIC WHICH SAYS, "FIVE ARE FALLEN" - NOT DEAD, BUT "FALLEN" - i.e., NO LONGER IN POWER

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Then there is the sixth president – the president when the Babylon of the Old Testament was linked to the Babylon of the New Testament.

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We then come to the seventh president who – according to the lyric – "... must continue a short space ..." (i.e., he will somehow or other be removed from office, probably by a military coup d'etat)

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Finally, the lyric says: "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."

If that's the case, then the next president – regardless of whether or not his ascension to the presidency is legitimate or not (i.e., the result of a military coup) IS the antiChrist, and we are left to somberly contemplate that time may have run out for us. [We URGE you to see our article, "An American Coup d'Etat."]

STANDING ON THE EDGE OF AN ABYSS

If all this is true, then - clearly - we are standing at the edge of a vast, menacing abyss where prophecy is transforming itself from a dream into reality, and where the ethereal is taking on physicality – and this stunning reality is attested to by more than the words of this particular passage of Scripture.

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We stand today at the edge of a vast, menacing abyss where prophecy transforms itself from a dream into reality.

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JERUSALEM:
a cup of trembling

Take, for instance, the grotesque pressure that is presently building up in the Middle East, pressure that cannot help but eventually result in an explosion – lending a fearful credence to the words of the prophet, Zechariah:

"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about ...

"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces ..." (Zechariah 12:2-3)

For example, it doesn't take a rocket-scientist to measure the extreme tension that exists today between Iran and Israel regarding Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons; a tension that – in the end – will most likely be shattered by an Israeli air attack on Iran's nuclear facilities; an attack that will no doubt catalyze the final radicalization (Islamization) of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, which in turn will set the stage for the Gog / Magog War. [Please see our article, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]

She cannot be certain of the exact time when she will give birth, but it seems that she cannot possibly retain the child much longer in her body, but still nothing happens; she just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

The strain caused by this tension both in the Middle East and throughout the world is like the stress that presses in on a pregnant woman who is, with each passing day, drawing ever closer to her birth pangs; she cannot be certain of the exact time when she will give birth, but it seems that she cannot possibly retain the child much longer in her body; still nothing happens; she just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This is the kind of tension that Paul was talking about when he compared the strain the world would be living under as THAT DAY draws ever nearer; a day -

"... when they shall say, Peace and safety [i.e., when the woman irrationally begins to believe the child will never come and per chance she will be spared the pain of child birth]; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thess. 5:3)

As travail upon a woman with child

Fear can be a good thing.

FEAR CAN BE A GOOD THING

This is serious "stuff," and it no doubt will make most people draw back in FEAR; but in this case, FEAR can be a good thing because it concentrates our minds and gets us off our fannies; indeed, the Bible says that this kind of FEAR is -

"... the beginning of wisdom ..." (Proverbs 1:7a)

But if we fail to be instructed by this FEAR, the Bible tells us that we are "FOOLS:"

"But fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7b)

EVANGELICAL RESPONSIBILITY
REGARDING A COUP D'ETAT & THE
IMPOSITION OF A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP

EVANGELICAL PARTICIPATION IN A COUP

The possibility of Christian participation in a military coup d'etat directed against Obama has not materialized out of thin air; it has resulted from the intense HATRED of evangelicals toward those whom they believe have stolen the country from them. [We URGE you to see our article, "The Religious Right: Hungering Together with the Financial Elites for a Pearl Harbor-Type Event."]

Clearly, they have forgotten the words of Christ:

"My kingdom is NOT of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom [comes] not from hence." (John 18:36)

An American coup d'etat

Moreover, the fact that evangelicals could embrace religious groups that are absolutely NOT Christian – as they did during the last election when they supported Romney for president for the IDIOSYNCRATIC REASON OF "SAVING AMERICA FOR CHRIST AND THE CHURCH" – evidences the blindness that has overtaken them. [Please see our article, "Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State; also, please see our article, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order System."]

Very obviously, they have failed to remember the words of the Apostle Paul concerning such alliances:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers

[We URGE you to see our article, "The Evangelicals and the Mormon Church: Uniting Christ with Belial."]

Billy Graham

And make no mistake about it – this blindness reached into the highest precincts of the evangelical church, culminating in the endorsement of Romney for President by Billy Graham; the endorsement came during a 30 minute sit-down in Montreat, North Carolina, when Graham said,

"I'll do all I can to help you [meaning Romney]. And you can quote me on that."

Graham went on to say:

"I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election, and I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms."

Shortly thereafter, the Billy Graham Association removed its reference to MORMONISM as a cult on its website.

THE FAILURE OF EVANGELICALS TO DISTINGUISH ...

The failure evangelicals to any longer differentiate between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of this World has led to a blindness that has made FOOLS out of all of them. [Please see our article, "Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State;" please also see, "Going outside the Camp."]

Well did Jesus say of them,

"They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)

"They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)

Evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the apostasy that has taken hold of the church. They refuse to abandon the church they love so well; BUT THAT CHURCH NO LONGER EXISTS, and the very real fact of the matter is, trying to fight the misdirection and even heresy in today's evangelical church while remaining a part of it is an impossible task. [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]

It isn't that there are not countless numbers of godly men and women who are still part of this church and who fervently love the Lord and who are honestly seeking to do His will; it's just that they are a part of an institution that is, unfortunately, going in the wrong direction, and there is nothing they can do - other than tampering with odds and ends on the periphery - to change that.

It's like someone who is walking west towards New York on a ship that is sailing east towards London and who thinks that by doing so he can with much effort at last reach New York. It's impossible!

Trying to fight the misdirection of the church while remaining a part of it is an impossible task. It's like someone who is walking west towards New York on a ship that is sailing east towards London and who thinks that by doing so he can with much effort at last reach New York.

It's not without reason that the Bible says:

"... A little leaven leaveneth the WHOLE lump ..." (Galatians 5:9) [Please see our important article, "A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump."]

THE QUESTION, HOWEVER,
IS WHAT WILL YOU DO?

The question in all of this now is, What will YOU do? Will you prove yourself to be a true disciple of Christ? Are YOU willing to take the Prophetic Scriptures seriously? OR, will YOU prove yourself to be nothing more than a SALON RADICAL? - an"ARMCHAIR RADICAL?"

Evangelicals as
"armchair radicals"

That's what most evangelicals are: "ARMCHAIR RADICALS" – people who will call furtive meetings in their homes to discuss on a "rational" basis whether or not the United States is really BABYLON THE GREAT; people who think that God will "whisper in their ears" when it's time to do something really radical - as if they could hear God whispering in their ears when they can't hear God shouting at them now.

It is exactly upon such people that the Scriptures say the "end" will come -

"... SUDDENLY as a thief in the night." (2 Peter 2:10)

Evangelicals today are running the very grave risk of being dismissed PERMANENTLY from the Lord's service and consigned to a place where they will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth." (cf. Matthew 22:13, Matthew 25:30 and Luke 13:28)

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):

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APPENDIX 1

IN SEARCH OF BABYLON

The ancient city of Babylon grew in size and importance from the days of Nimrod (Gen. 10:10) until it reached its greatest glory in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (B.C. 604-562). As described by Herodotus, it was an exact square of some 15 miles on a side, or 60 miles around, and was surrounded by a brick wall 87 feet thick and 350 feet high, though probably that is a mistake, 100 feet being nearer the height. On the wall were 250 towers, and the top of the wall was wide enough to allow six chariots to drive abreast. Outside the wall was a vast moat surrounding the city, kept filled with water from the river Euphrates; and inside the wall, and not far from it, was another wall extending around the city.

Twenty-five magnificent avenues, 150 feet wide, ran across the city from north to south, and the same number crossed them at right angles from east to west, making 676 great squares, each nearly 3/5 of a mile on a side. The city was divided into two equal parts by the river Euphrates, that flowed diagonally through it, and whose banks within the city were walled up and pierced with brazen gates with steps leading down to the river. At the ends of the main avenues, on each side of the city, were gates, whose leaves of brass shone as they opened or closed in the rising or setting sun like "leaves of flame."

The Euphrates within the city was spanned by a bridge, at each side of which was a palace, and these palaces were connected by a subterranean passageway underneath the bed of the river, in which at different points were located sumptuous banqueting rooms constructed entirely of brass. Near one of these palaces stood the "Tower of Bel" or Babel, consisting of eight towers, each 75 feet high, rising one upon the other, with an outside winding stairway to its summit, which towers with the chapel on the top, made a height of 660 feet. The chapel itself, which was lavishly furnished, could be reckoned in today's dollars as approaching $1,000,000,000.00.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The "Hanging Gardens" of Babylon were renowned as one of the wonders of the Ancient World. These gardens were 400 feet square and were raised in terraces one above the other to a height of 350 feet. The topmost terrace was reached by staircases 19 feet wide. The top of each terrace was covered with large stones, on which was laid a bed of rushes, then a thick layer of asphalt, next, two courses of bricks cemented together, and finally, plates of lead to prevent leakage; it was then covered with earth and planted with shrubbery and large trees. The whole had the appearance from a distance of a forest covered mountain which was a very remarkable sight in the level plain of the Euphrates.

Babylon was probably the most magnificent city the world has ever seen; "poor" Jerusalem was but a small, provincial and tacky village in comparison! Babylon the Great - that "Great City" (Rev. 18:2); Jerusalem, the "Holy City," (Rev. 21:10) - "small and compact" (Psalm 122:3).

BABYLON: A MYSTERY WRAPPED IN AN ENIGMA

And what about Prophetic Babylon? It will, of course, be every bit as magnificent!

Before we set out on our hunt for this great city, however, let's deal with one of the biggest stumbling blocks to any search: the thought that "Prophetic Babylon" has anything at all to do with the ancient city, or that the verses which deal with this prophecy (i.e., Revelation 17 and 18; Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.

As strange as it might seem, there are some who insist that the prophecies concerning "Babylon" (again - Revelation 17 and 18, Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when the Medo-Persians captured Babylon in 541 B.C. - and that these verses have, therefore, nothing to do with events yet future. But there is too much in these chapters which were not accomplished when Cyrus took the ancient city of Babylon. For example, both the prophecies of Jeremiah and Isaiah, like those of the Revelation, indicate that Babylon [Prophetic Babylon] is to be destroyed suddenly and catastrophically - "in one short hour," NEVER TO BE INHABITED AGAIN!! But when Cyrus took the city in B.C. 541, he took it so quietly and with such little commotion that some of the inhabitants did not know until the third day that Belshazzar had been slain and the city taken.

Some years later, it revolted against Darius Hystaspis, and in B.C. 478 Xerxes took the city and plundered it. But he did not destroy it. In B.C. 331, Alexander the Great prepared to lay siege to the once again thriving and powerful city, but the citizens threw open the gates and received him with acclamation. During the subsequent wars of his generals, Babylon suffered much and was finally brought under the power of Seleucis. In B.C. 293 Seleucis founded Seleucia in the neighborhood of Babylon, and the rival city gradually drew off a large portion of Babylon's inhabitants so that by A.D. 15, Strabo spoke of the city as being largely deserted.

Nevertheless, there still existed within the city a large Jewish population left over from the "Captivity." Indeed, we find that the Apostle Peter wrote his First Epistle from Babylon in A.D. 60 (I Peter 5:13). About the middle of the Fifth Century, Theodoret spoke of Babylon as being inhabited only by Jews who still had three Jewish schools or "Yeshivas" there. In the last year of the same century, the Talmud was issued from Babylon and accepted as authoritative by Jews throughout the world.

In A.D. 917 Ibu Hankel mentioned Babylon as still being in existence, and by A.D. 1100 it had again grown into a city of some importance. Shortly afterwards, it was enlarged, fortified and renamed "Hillah." In 1898, Hillah contained about 10,000 inhabitants and was surrounded by fertile lands and beautiful groves which stretched along the Euphrates River.

During this entire period (B.C. 541 - A.D. 2011) it could never be said that "neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there, neither shall shepherds make their fold there" (Isa. 13:20). Nor could it be said of Babylon - "Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43). Nor could it be said, "... and they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the Lord" (Jer. 51:26), for many towns and cities have been built from the ruins of Babylon - Seleucia by the Greeks, Ctesiphone by the Parthians, Al Maiden by the Persians, and Kufa by the Caliphs. Indeed, in Baghdad today (the capital of modern Iraq) Babylonian stamped bricks may be frequently noticed.

But Isaiah is still more specific, for he locates the time when his prophecy will be fulfilled. He calls it the "DAY OF THE LORD" (Isa. 13:9) - that is to say, at the end of the "Great Tribulation." Moreover, he says that when Babylon is destroyed, "The stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine" (Isa. 13:19; see also Luke 21:25-27). Surely nothing like this happened when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.

In the description of the destruction of the city of Babylon given in Revelation 18, we are told that Babylon's destruction will be accomplished in "ONE HOUR" (verse 19). Again - this is certainly not the description of events which surrounded Cyrus's taking of the city. In addition, we are told in the same chapter that she is to be destroyed by fire (Rev. 18:8-9, 18) and this is in exact harmony with the words of Isaiah 13:19 and Jeremiah 50:40. Moreover, in Revelation 16:17-19, we are told that an earthquake will shake the city at the time of its destruction. No such earthquake ever shook the city when Cyrus took it in B.C. 541.

Obviously, then, the Babylon that is described in Isaiah 13 and 14, Jeremiah 50 and 51 and in the Revelation is not the ancient city of Babylon, but some great "latter-day" nation which by means of its enormous military and economic might will establish its ascendancy over the world.

THE DESCRIPTION OF
MODERN-DAY BABYLON
BABYLON AS THE "YOUNGER HORN"

Eighty years ago, the European nations controlled through their system of colonies almost one-half of the land surface of the globe! And while today they have lost their colonial empires, the civilization they introduced to these areas still survives and in many instances is thriving and prospering more than in the original "mother countries" (e.g., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). The Beast of Daniel (Chapter 7) is thus represented by a body - which stands for the full extent of Western Civilization - and the head with ten horns - which stand for those countries of Europe chiefly responsible for carrying this civilization to the world – namely, Britain, France Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Now, something new is added to the picture of the Beast which represents the final form of the fourth great GENTILE world power - AN ELEVENTH HORN!!! Pentecost writes:

"From among these ten kingdoms there will arise ... [another which] will have control over the whole dominion ..."

In other words, there shall arise an eleventh nation out from the original ten (an offspring of the ten) which will grow up and eventually dominate the whole of Western Civilization. And it is out from this eleventh nation that the Antichrist shall come [please see Daniel 7]. This eleventh horn [nation] is described as little or younger. The Hebrew word translated here as little means hindermost or that which comes after and conveys the thought of youth or younger as in the term, little girl. (Daniel 7:8 and 24). It is thus to be understood that this eleventh horn is one of those nations colonized by the original ten. This horn is described as more stout or much stronger than the original [first] ten (Dan. 7:20).

S. Frank Logsdon (1907-1987) was a Baptist preacher, popular author and Bible conference speaker; Logsdon pastored Moody Memorial Church of Chicago.

We ask the reader now, which nation could this possibly be? Brazil? Argentina? Canada? Mexico? Australia? But, come now, let's reason further. Some years ago, S. Franklyn Logsdon wrote:

"Man seems to have a special delight and a strong aptitude for the use of nicknames and symbolical terms. The 'Bambino' would of course be the home run swatting Babe Ruth, with the 'Hammer,' Henry Aaron, the current champion in that category ... Everyone conversant with boxing would recognize the 'Brown Bomber' as Joe Lewis ... . So also with the Scripture. Prophetic entities, not specifically named in the Bible, may be identified by representations or by descriptions [such as the "Olive Tree" for Israel and the "Lampstand" for the Church] ... The chief reason why many nations of today are not mentioned by name in the Scripture is simply and obviously because ... [they] were not in existence in Bible days. The [human] writer did not know the ethnic names. We must, therefore, search for designations or names or both, which in a convincing manner are applicable [to the world situation of today]. By description, we can identify people, places, and things. Thus, it should not be impossible, or even difficult to identify nations in this manner."

DESCRIPTION OF CIVIL BABYLON

The Bible describes Prophetic Babylon - the eleventh horn (i.e., the "younger" horn) - as follows [and here we only use descriptions of Prophetic Babylon that are generally recognized as such by "mainline" evangelicals):

  • She dwells in the midst of many waters - she is protected by the waters [or oceans] which surround her [literally, she is said to dwell "in the heart of the seas" - Pember, Earth's Earliest Ages, pg. 46). Indeed, Antichrist is pictured by Ezekiel as exulting in the strength of his sea-girt nation, and likening himself, in proud reliance upon his inaccessible dwelling, to the God that sitteth above the heavens [Ezekiel 28:1-2; Jeremiah 51:13).
  • Her People are a mingled people - that is to say, a "melting pot." (Jeremiah 50:37).
  • She evidently has never known the heel of a conqueror and is exceedingly powerful militarily (Revelation 18:4-5 - implied, Jer. 50:23).
  • The nations of the earth are dominated by her (Rev. 18:9); she is an arrogant, proud, and haughty nation (Jer. 50:23).
  • She is the greatest economic power in the world, a power so great that the nations of the earth are able to grow rich if they can trade with her or are allowed access to her domestic markets in which to sell their goods (Revelation 18:3, 11, 12).
  • By means of her economic power [covetousness] she controls the world; gluttony reigns as the people (or the elites which control this nation) live sumptuously [but want more - their appetite never satisfied], while many in the world starve (Jeremiah 50:38; 51:12-13).
  • The nations of the earth must trade with her by sea (a confirmation of #1 above - Revelation 18:19, 23).
  • The people of Babylon are exceedingly materialistic and are madly in love with their worldly possessions which have become their idols (Jeremiah 50:38); her tastes are extravagant (Rev. 18:14); she is a nation of great material attainments; and her achievements in the "fine arts" [i.e., music, dance, literature, films, etc.] are renowned throughout the world and copied everywhere (implied - Rev. 18:22; Jer. 51:53).
  • Babylon is described as a vast latter-day nation, not as a single city (Jer. 50-51). In fact, she is a nation of MANY influential cities (Rev. 18:18). In this connection, it is necessary to note that we are here talking not of a mere city to be rebuilt on the site of Ancient Babylon; such a concept is in conflict with Isa. 13:19-22 - please see the note on page 1347 of the Scofield Reference Bible.
  • Babylon is described as a nation which at one time was a God-fearing nation [a "Golden Cup" in the Lord's hand], but a nation which left God and fell into degradation and then which intoxicated the rest of the world with her iniquity. (Jer. 51:7).
  • Finally, she is a nation that "has reached for the stars [heavens]" - i.e., space (Jer. 51:53).

Now, we ask the reader to put all emotion and feelings aside, and to decide the following question in light of the cold, hard, SCRIPTURAL facts: which nation are we talking about here? We want to emphasize that what has been presented is nothing new. It's just that evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the truth of the prophetic Scriptures.

One additional description should be noted: prophetic Babylon is also described as a nation which shall pose as Israel's chief ally and protector in the "latter days" [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days by Robert Duncan Culver, Chapter 4; please also see Daniel 7]. We ask the reader to name the nation today which is Israel's chief and only ally, that one nation more than any other nation which poses as Israel's defender - be honest, which nation is this?

BABYLON AND THE TEN
CONFEDERATED KINGDOMS

Evangelicals have in the past contended that Antichrist would secure world dominion as king of the Ten Confederated Kingdoms (evidently a group of Western European states - though it's anyone's guess as to which states these might be, and it's probably not all that important to single the specific states out - after all, what the Bible has in mind here is Western Europe taken as a whole).

But the Scripture in no place identifies the Antichrist as the king of these nations. While the Bible does indicate that he will dominate them, it does not say that he will rule directly over them, but that he will be an ELEVENTH KING OF AN ELEVENTH NATION (see Daniel 7:24). [In this connection it is interesting to note that the number "eleven" is the number of apostasy.]

Moreover, in Daniel chapter seven, concerning the Ten Confederated Kingdoms [the ten horns of the fourth wild beast - verses 7 and 8], the Antichrist is described not as one of the "ten kings," but as an eleventh king of an eleventh nation, a nation independent of, and different from the original ten, a nation, however, which evidently derives its heritage from the original ten nations.

Is there any doubt that the United States has derived its heritage, its culture, and over 80% of its people from Europe? Can there really be any doubt as to the identity of this great latter-day nation? - are we not speaking here of the United States of America?

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